Meet your guide at Castle Clinton, a historic fort in Manhattan’s Battery Park. You’ll get skip-the-line, priority boarding on the ferry to the Statue of Liberty—this is a great time to get your bearings in the city as your guide points out landmarks in Battery Park, the New York harbor and waterfront.
Upon reaching the island, make your way to the reservation-only Statue of Liberty pedestal and the Statue of Liberty Museum. See one of the original statue torches displayed alongside rare memorabilia and the poem ‘The New Colossus’ that was once at the base of the statue. Get perfect views of the New York City skyline from the observation deck and snap an unforgettable photo with Lady Liberty.
Continue to Ellis Island to explore New York’s immigrant legacy: follow an immigrant’s trail through the Great Hall and see moving photos and artifacts in the onsite museum. Enjoy a personal take on Ellis Island from your guide, whose family passed through Ellis Island, then learn how you can trace your family history there. Finish your day with independent time on Ellis Island or return to Battery Park with your guide.